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Parasitic mites like bird mites, rat mites, and chiggers often bite humans, causing extreme skin irritation and general discomfort. Others, like demodex mites and scabies mites, can give our pets the painful skin disease mange.

If you’re currently facing a mite problem, we can help you find relief. Here’s how to do it:

Where to Treat for Mites

Except for chiggers, mite problems are almost always isolated to the home and our pets. Indoor mite populations are best treated through fogging, and because they’re nearly microscopic and can hide anywhere, it’s recommended that you treat your entire home. For pets, applying a pet-friendly pesticide and repellent is the way to go. For outside mites like chiggers, you’ll need to treat your entire yard with a plant-friendly outdoor pesticide. Wearing a non-toxic personal repellent will help keep mites off your person during treatments.

1. Treat Yourself (and Pets)

Apply Cedarcide Original to yourself daily (and pets if necessary) to prevent bites and repel mites. Repeat daily or as needed until you no longer experience mites. 

2. Treat Your Home (and Outdoors)

Spray mite trouble areas like bedding, linens, furniture, and carpeting with Cedarcide Original daily to kill and repel mites (larger mite issues may require fogging your entire home with Cedarcide Original). Repeat daily or as needed until you no longer experience mites. 


If your mite problem originated outside or you’re dealing with chiggers, apply PCO Choice to your lawn, shrubbery, and bases of trees monthly to kill and repel mites.

3. Prevent Future Mite Problems

For detailed instructions on both preventing and solving a mite problem, check out our step-by-step guide How to Get Rid of Mites

Tips for Controlling Mites

Approaches for controlling mites depend on the type you’re facing. The following tips will help you treat and prevent the most common forms of mite problems:

  • Treat your yard monthly with PCO Choice to kill and repel chiggers and other pests.
  • When fogging indoors, treat every 5-7 days until your issue is resolved.
  • If you fear you have mites on your person, consider applying Cedarcide Original to yourself daily until symptoms improve.
  • Before and after walks, hiking, dog park visits and other outdoor activities, spray yourself and your pet with Cedarcide Original to repel mites.
  • If you suspect your dog or cat has mange, take them to a vet immediately.
  • Regularly wash pet bedding and treat it with Cedarcide Original to prevent mites from infesting your animals and home.
  • Practicing basic pet hygiene has been shown to decrease the chance your dog, cat or horse will get mites.
  • Keep your pets away from other animals suspected of mange, it can be very contagious.
  • Rat mites and bird mites are usually contracted from surrounding rodents or bird nests, so remove these mite sources immediately, and seal your home to prevent them from moving indoors again.

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